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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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5,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 255
Gots: 558 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003)
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Photo of magine
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with some ruby edges. Has a dark tan fluffy head that settles to a layer on top with minimal lacing. Good looks.

Brew smells of roasted malts, big roasted nose; coffee, dark cocoa molasses. Very good nose.

Brew is velvety smooth, creamy head and mouthfeel. Full bodied brew here. Sweet cocoa, roasted notes picked up in the drying semi bitter finish. A bit of milk chocolate as well. Great feel and flavors here. Tremendous.

Wow - may be the best porter I have had. I would like to sample this next to some of my favorites of this style. This is certainly a world class stand out brew here.

magine, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Hallertau
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of bobhits
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%

Black, coffee colored head.

Smokey roasted, burnt dark chocolate, softened by hops.

Sweet up front, the burnt flavor comes next. The hops try to finish but the sweet flavors end it.

Soft drinkable, clean, medium body, marginal carbonation,

Better than average porter, but it's still a porter.

bobhits, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Gtg642
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Gtg642, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Black beer, deep tan, light brown head. This is all dark chocolate and black coffee with that almost vanilla-like toasty note - aroma and flavor. Full bodied. Roasty finish. I love it because it is all the flavor you really need from a porter/ stout without being an imperial. Lets' be honest - it's a robust porter - a "stout" porter, and it will eat your hamburger and drink your milkshake.

dedrinker, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.25/5  rDev 0%

kbnooshay, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out cola brown during the pour and dark brown to black as it rises up in the glass. Brown highlights on the sides when you hold it up to the light. Slightly darker than tan head with pretty much small bubbles, sticks around a little while but trickles away, ok lacing.

Smell is really good. Often times porters have the word "robust" on the label. Founder's doesn't but this would be a decent adjective in my opinion. Plenty of dark roasted (or even burned) malts here providing the classic dark chocolatey and black coffee aromas. Also some haylike aromas from the grains and the fairly generous amount of hops (for this style). Not a hop bomb, but if you're a hophead that likes porters too, this would be a good choice.

Pretty standard that Founders doesn't skimp in the taste department, and there is no exception on their porter. Plenty of over roasted to heavy toasted chocolate malts providing a nice balance of bitter and sweetness on this porter. Big flavors of more bitter than sweet chocolate, some dark caramel/toffee and a bit of a dark roasted black coffee. Pretty big and bold, I've had some stouts that try to pull themselves off as "imperial" that aren't as big and bold as this one. Just a good beer all around.

Mouthfeel is really good. Medium bodied, flavor will linger a little bit. Great carbonation level. It's pretty silky smooth with a nice clean slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is there bigtime, this is a fast drinking porter. The label on the bottle says "Dark, Rich, & Sexy." I can attest to the first two descriptors, this beer doesn't turn me on, but it's a pretty well done porter from the crew there in Grand Rapids.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Darker than most within its style and ABV range with a medium head etc. Smells faintly of chocolate and roast. Tastes chocolaty and roasty with a long charred and somewhat nutty finish. There is some acidity as well. Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation a little higher than my preferred level.

Overall a great beer that's tough to beat at its price point. Founders has a really good regular lineup with this one, Dirty Bastard, Centennial and Red's Rye. This reminds me why it is one of my favorite breweries.

tewaris, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev 0%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of crowsnest
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

crowsnest, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Zonian1, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -5.9%

emottram, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BeastLU, May 12, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

Pours a rich black with a dark tan thick head.

Smell is smooth roasty and coffeeish. Big smells, but nothing overpowering.

Taste is a little sweeter than the smell, but still has a very roasty taste with a little bitter finish.

Very easy drinking beer that has a great mouthfeel- not too big or thin.

aubuc1, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev 0%

mixed_master7, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Porters need more respect and I think its time to spread the word.

This offering from Founder's is a fine example of the style. Pours out to a dark as night black as a porter should be. Aroma is that of coffee and malt with the taste featuring roated malts that border not on burnt or highly roasted, but a slight sweetness.

You could drink this porter all night. And I just may do that...

proc, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a very deep rich black, nearly opaque. Minimal mocha colored head slowly disperses leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very full and inviting. A strong espresso aroma welcomes you and is soon followed by a very apparent roasted and slightly smoky smell. Slight whiffs of chocolate and toffee are noticed but rather subtle.

Bold and assertive roasted notes are as evident in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Smooth dark roasted coffee flavors meld with a smoky slightly char flavored roasted malt. Chocolaty sweetness offsets the large roasted flavor creating a needed second dimension of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full but not thick. Though the fullness of the taste is more similar to that of a stout the body thins out a bit falling nicely into the realm of American Porters. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Incredibly enjoyable and very easy to drink. While sitting at 6.5% the alcohol is not huge but is certainly while hidden amongst the abundance of character in this beer. Drinkability is outstanding.

kzoobrew, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mjw1200, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Looks nice, black with a frothy brown head.

S- Mild nose overall. Mild coffee, chocolate, toast. I really had to try to pick things out of this one. Nice, but mild.

T- Some richness to the palate, the flavors meld together really well. Licorice, faint chocolate and smoke.

M&D- This is where the beer shined for me. Full bodied, yet silky smooth.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

A dark black color ,with some ruby tones if you hold it to a really strong light, thick lasting light brown head,with very nice lacing. Sweet aroma of coco powder,and fudge,very nice,a hint of the dark roasted barly as it warms.Flavor is awesome,like dark chocolate and good coffee in layers.A touch of the roast at the end ,and just slightly bitter. Medium body ,smooth creamy mouthfeel. The best Porter I have had to date and and maby the best beer. An honor to drink. Thank you Founders !

WakeandBake, Jan 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Kevincredible, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

spw109, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

denimdemon, Sep 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bootdown21, Jul 15, 2012
Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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